Fall Semester 1999
 Scientific techniques and Algebraic review
 Lab procedures
 Lab equipment
 Recording data correctly
 Error analysis (ongoing instruction)
 Algebraic review
 Manipulating equations
 Significant figures
 Newtonian Mechanics
 Kinematics (displacement, velocity,
acceleration, vectors and vector algebra/trigonometry)
 Motion in one dimension
 Motion in two dimensions (projectiles)
 Newton's laws of motion
 Static equilibrium (1st law)
 Force, mass and acceleration (2nd law)
 Systems of two or more bodies (3rd law)
 Systems of particles, linear momentum
 Impulse and momentum
 Conservation of linear momentum
 Work, energy, power
 Work and workenergy theorem
 Kinetic and potential energy
 Conservation of energy
 Power
 Pendulums
 Circular Motion, rotation, gravity
( Honors course)
 Uniform circular motion
 Newton's law of gravity
 Kepler's laws of planetary motion
 Pendulums
 Simple Machines
 Efficiency
 Levers
 Heat engines

Spring Semester 2000
 Thermal Physics
 Temperature and heat
 Mechanical equivalent of heat
 Specific and latent heat
 Calorimetry ( Honors course)
 Heat transfer and hot air ballons
 Waves and Optics  Part I
 Wave motion
 Properties of traveling and standing waves
 Doppler effect
 Resonance and musical instruments (Honors course)
 Waves and Optics  Part II
 Geometric optics
 Reflection and refraction
 Mirrors and lenses
 Telescopes ( Honors course)
 Physical optics ( Honors course)
 Interference and diffraction
 Dispersion of light and the
electromagnetic spectrum
 Electricity and Magnetism
 Electrostatics
 Charge, field, and potential
 Coulomb's law and field/potential of point charges
 Fields and potentials of other charge distributions
 Conductors and capacitors
 Electrostatics with conductors
 Capacitors
 Electric circuits
 Current, resistance, power
 Steady state direct current circuits
 Magnetostatics
 Magnetic poles, forces and fields
 Electromagnetic motors
 Nuclear Physics (If time allows)
 Nuclear physics
 Radioactivity and halflife
 Nuclear reactions
